She-Hulk’s Story Is Worth Telling, But Her Season Finale Falls Flat 

She-Hulk deserved a better ending, Kaylin Guzman opines./Marvel Studios [6:19 PM]

By Kaylin Guzman

 

   “She-Hulk” breaks Disney+, quite literally, with a promising conclusion to the series. Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) breaks the fourth wall and talks to her show writers, designers, and even K.E.V.I.N, a robotic being, poking fun at Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige.

   The series ended on a high note, with Walters getting to experience happiness in “Fast and Furious” fashion. The last scene of the series is a family barbeque, with everyone enjoying themselves and the food around them. Her cousin Bruce “The Hulk” Banner, played by Mark Ruffalo, returns to his space adventures and introduces someone important to him and the Marvel Universe. 

   Throughout the final episode, Walters wonders if the ending of her show has her best interest in mind. She continues to directly ask herself and her audience if they want the series to have a final win. Things start to get a little weird when she realizes the show isn’t heading the way she expects. In the middle of the episode, we see the Disney+ main menu pop up. At first, one may think they accidentally clicked a button on the remote that brought you there, but something else starts to happen. She-Hulk breaks open her title box. She inspects her surrounding shows to see which ones get her to the Marvel writers, producers, and directors to change her story to how she thinks it should end. 

   This episode correlates to one of the many “She-Hulk” comic book releases done by Marvel. In “The Sensational She-Hulk,” comic Walters steps out of frame to pick a fight with the comic writer. We see a nod to this in the last episode. Although she gets to change most of the narrative to get the ending she wants, one is left wondering if this is a satisfying ending for the real-life audience.

   The concluding episode does not wrap up the series in a way that I like. There were action scenes throughout the series, which I enjoyed watching, but the final episode left me wanting more. Yes, we get a great fourth-wall-breaking, more DareDevil screen time, and fun scenes with secondary characters. But the plot’s ending missed the mark. The series climax happens in episode eight, where revenge porn of Jen Walters is on a big screen during her big Gala moment, becoming one of the driving forces of the plot. We do not see these people get brought to justice, much like in the real world. Walters does stop her main “undercover” antagonist, Todd Phelps, from getting Hulk powers. Still, it’s an unsatisfying conclusion to the relationships developed in the show. 

   Overall, I think this show needed more justice. This series is about a lawyer with superpowers. Those superpowers don’t just stop at her being a Hulk; she is also an intelligent person and lawyer. We get to see Walters use her law expertise to defend her clients. She even tries using her skills to piece together who is trying to ruin her image. The people who wronged her will not be brought to justice unless we see her in the show’s second season or a future Marvel movie, which was teased during her conversation with robotic Kevin Feige. 

   Will we see She-Hulk again anytime soon? The next project she may come back for is “Daredevil: Born Again,” however, her new relationship with Matt Murdock should not dictate her future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is interesting enough to have her own narrative. It would be fun to see her defending other super-powered individuals in the future. Walters also has the potential to be a leading lady in the MCU and doesn’t need to depend on Bruce Banner, Abomination, or Matt Murdock to be included in another project. 

   This series gets a seven out of ten in my book. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” was mediocre, with an unsatisfying ending, an undetermined future, and unsolved plot points. Hopefully, the writers will be allowed a second season to continue telling Jennifer “She-Hulk” Walters’s story.

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